SOUTH SUDAN / BOR POC

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This site is the first of five under UN protection to be officially re-designated as an IDP camp under the sovereign control of the South Sudan government. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Jonglei State authorities and the UN Mission in South Sudan. It commits the government to providing protection and ensuring none of the 1900 residents remaining are forced to leave the site. A government delegation visited the site to reassure residents about the change in status. UNMISS

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STORY: SOUTH SUDAN /BOR POC
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SOURCE: UNMISS
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DATELINE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN / File 2014 BOR, SOUTH SUDAN / File – 2018 BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

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DATELINE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2020, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

1. Wide pan of Bor POC
2. Various of POC
3. Various of ongoing meeting under a tree
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Diu Billiu Majok, displaced person:
“I’m ready to leave the POC when the integrated police are ready. Then I will leave the POC immediately even though I don’t have a house ready outside. The government will put me where they put the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and I will stay there together with the IDPs or wherever the government puts me.”
5. Various shots, Children playing under tree
6. Various shots, Bor POC
7. Various shots, meeting indoors with visiting delegation – Government official reading Memorandum of Understanding
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Bior Ajang Duot, Government Representative, South Sudan:
“They want more assurances, but we believe they are there. They sometimes, people fought here many times, so they want to know what the difference will be between this peace and the peace before. That was their concern. They are suspicious. They thought maybe it would not be true – the peace. But we reassured them.”
9. Various shots, people from community at meeting listening to visiting delegation

FILE - 2014, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

10. Various shots, Displaced woman walking in POC
11. Various shots, Displaced seated with her items
12. Med shot, Peacekeeper on watch seated on top of tanker
13. Various shots, displaced population

18 SEPTEMBER 2020, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Errington Kojo Commey, Acting sector East Commander, UNMISS:
“The only thing that has changed is the removal of static guards from this place. We will continue to engage them. We have increased the number of mobile of patrols that come here so our presence is ever. Our presence is ever in the camp. We are here. It’s not like we have gone to sleep or that we have abandoned them.”

FILE – 2018, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

15. Various shots, Bor POC during floods

18 SEPTEMBER 2020, BOR, SOUTH SUDAN

SOUNDBITE (English) Isidore Boutche, Acting Head of Field Office in Bor:
“The achievement of today is that the message has been brought by the delegation from Juba is, first, to show that the government is fully supportive of the process. Second, the government assured them that they are ready to take over from UNMISS when it comes to the safety and security of the people in the POC. They will be in the front seat but UNMISS will be there in the back seat to continue supporting.”
16. Various shots, women at meeting
17. Various shots, Children present at meeting

STORYLINE:

This sea of white tents is home to Diu Billiu Majok and many other displaced families who fled the brutal civil war that erupted in South Sudan in 2013. He and four relatives have remained in the United Nations Protection of Civilians site in Bor for the past seven years while the rest of his children are scattered between his hometown Fangak and neighbouring Uganda.

Majok’s hope is for his scattered family to be reunited and he sees the transition of the POC site to a more conventional camp for displaced people as a positive sign of progress towards peace.

SOUNDBITE (English) Diu Billiu Majok, displaced person:
“I’m ready to leave the POC when the integrated police are ready. Then I will leave the POC immediately even though I don’t have a house ready outside. The government will put me where they put the IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) and I will stay there together with the IDPs or wherever the government puts me.”

The site is the first of five under UN protection to be officially re-designated as an IDP camp under the sovereign control of the South Sudan government. A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by the Jonglei State authorities and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. It commits the government to providing protection and ensuring none of the 1900 residents remaining are forced to leave the site. A government delegation visited the site to reassure residents about the change in status.

SOUNDBITE (English) Ambassador Bior Ajang Duot, Government Representative, South Sudan:
“They want more assurances, but we believe they are there. They sometimes, people fought here many times, so they want to know what the difference will be between this peace and the peace before. That was their concern. They are suspicious. They thought maybe it would not be true – the peace. But we reassured them.”

The re-designation follows a year of careful planning and an assessment that there has been no external threat to the site since 2017. Thousands have already left the site to return home and the remaining residents move freely between the camp and town to work, shop, and go to school with many staying outside overnight.

UNMISS has gradually withdrawn its troops in response to the improved security situation. This has enabled the peacekeeping mission to deploy forces on static duties at the camp to hotspots where civilians’ lives are in immediate danger. The Mission will maintain the ability to respond to any potential security issues with its Quick Reaction Forces and is working closely with local police to build their capacity.

SOUNDBITE (English) Colonel Errington Kojo Commey, Acting sector East Commander, UNMISS:
“The only thing that has changed is the removal of static guards from this place. We will continue to engage them. We have increased the number of mobile of patrols that come here so our presence is ever. Our presence is ever in the camp. We are here. It’s not like we have gone to sleep or that we have abandoned them.”

No one will be forced to leave the camp and humanitarian services will continue. The site is now simply a normal IDP camp like dozens of others across the country. UNMISS will continue to assist when needed as part of its ongoing mandate to protect civilians right across the country.

SOUNDBITE (English) Isidore Boutche, Acting Head of Field Office in Bor:
“The achievement of today is that the message has been brought by the delegation from Juba is, first, to show that the government is fully supportive of the process. Second, the government assured them that they are ready to take over from UNMISS when it comes to the safety and security of the people in the POC. They will be in the front seat but UNMISS will be there in the back seat to continue supporting.”

The gradual withdrawal of UNMISS troops and re-designation process will continue at the four remaining POC sites over the coming weeks and months as the situation in each camp permits.
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